State Government Victoria

Conservation of Collections in Affected Areas

The recent fires have caused extensive damage in several areas and precious items of cultural importance may have been damaged or lost.

Conservation of Museum, Gallery and Historical Society Collections

Arts Victoria has an established protocol for immediate responses to disasters impacting collections of cultural heritage. Three peak bodies are signatories to this protocol:

Under the terms of this protocol, these bodies can spend up to $5,000 per affected organisation, on emergency conservation work to conserve damaged historical/cultural collections.

Museums, Galleries and Historical Societies wanting to access this funding are asked to contact their relevant peak body.

Conservation of Personal Collections

Items don't have to be kept in a museum to be considered precious. You may have medals, jewellery, furniture, photographs or documents at home that are culturally or historically important.

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials advises that many items recovered from the fires may be completely or partially savagable. To find out how to assess and salvage your precious items, visit the AICCM website   or download the AICCM Fact Sheet  (PDF, 256KB)   (PDF 256KB)

Cover of Bushfires... Protect Your Precious Possessions booklet

The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC)   at the University of Melbourne received funding from Emergency Management Australia to produce a booklet aimed at assisting people to prepare for and protect their precious possessions in the event of bushfires.

Download this booklet as a PDF (2.1 MB)

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